Porridge fun

This week the children have been big helpers, and we even made porridge for snack for our friends! We had lots of fun measuring, mixing and taking turns too. How much milk do we need? Is it cooked enough yet? What does it smell like? Some of the children even mentioned Goldilocks porridge and how it was “too sweet”. We decided that maybe next time we could add raisins or cinnamon instead! Or maybe you can think of something different? Well done everybody, super duper helping!

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Today in the home room the children were retelling stories with puppets and props.

They chose ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and created a back ground for the puppets.

The children had a look for the book but couldn’t find it so they decided to search the internet for an audio version.

“Lets look on you tube, I’ve seen it on there before”

While the story played in the background the children all chose a character to act out parts of the story.

“uh oh! long wavy grass ”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“uh oh. A cave! A narrow gloomy cave.”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“ohh noo  there’s the bear”

Our visit to St Joseph’s

This afternoon, our children who will be going to St Joseph’s after the summer went on a visit to their school with Sarah-Jane and Lauren.

We walked over from the nursery and met some of our friends at the front door. Our soon to be teachers and Head Teacher welcomed us as we arrived!

We had a tour of the school and then went along to see where our classrooms were going to be… it was so exciting!!

First we sat with our teachers and had a chat to get to know them. We found out their names and some of them even knew our brothers and sisters! We listened to a story and even got to play a game on the interactive board feeding the teddies… I wonder if we will see another teddy later on?

Then, we got to explore our classroom and see what wonderful things our school has, the children chose to play ice cream shops, build with the different lego bricks and draw some pictures for our teachers.

Finally, we met a very special friend… our very own Jo Bear! Our teachers gave us one each to take home and look after, to cuddle and to tell stories to at bed time. The children were so happy to take their Jo Bears home!

We said goodbye and thank you to our teachers for welcoming us to the school, we can’t wait to go back again for another visit to meet our buddies!

Thank you, St Joseph’s!

Floating boats!!

Today in the garden the children took part in a little experiment. Following on from our floating and sinking activities some of the children wanted to make boats to float. We made boats out of different materials. We used egg cartons and cupcake holders as our bases.

First the children decorated their own sails for the boats.

“Mine is a triangle!” ……..  “Mine is all yellow cause that’s my favourite colour!”

The children then decorated lollipop sticks each to attach their sails to their boats! They attached the sails to the lollipop sticks using blu tack.

“I’m pressing it hard!”

We then attached our sails to our boat bases. We made a cardboard one and a plastic one each!

We then tried to sail our boats in the water tray! We made great predictions.

”I think both my boats will sail!” …….  “This one will be faster!”

”I don’t want mine to sink!”

The children quickly noticed that the egg carton boats were all sinking whilst the plastic boats were all sailing. The cardboard boats were absorbing all the water whilst the plastic ones floated on the top of the water! We now know that if you put cardboard in water it will sink and get ruined!

”Ahhhh my boat is all floppy! ……. “Mine is super fast!”

 

 

 

Building with Blocks

In the Discovery Room the children always enjoy building with different sized 3D blocks, however this week we challenged the children and introduced different resources for them to incorporate in their play.

What was different?
Well we put out large pegs, different materials, carpet and poles.

The children worked together problem solving how to connect the material to the blocks without it falling down.

We explored our imagination while designing these with some children using it as dens, bringing in cushions, carpets, books and torches. Other children made a tent and used it in role play to pretend they were camping.

By adding a few simple but different resources the children have took a new approach to their building projects, by using our creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
We had so much fun and engagement when creating our dens. I wonder what we will create in our Discovery room next week?

The Solihull Approach

Since 2012, the Scottish Government has supported the work of the Psychology of Parenting Project (PoPP), run within NHS Education for Scotland (NES), to ensure that parents and families have the support they require to help promote their child’s social, emotional and behavioural development.

The Solihull Approach was developed by Health Visitors, Child Psychologists and Child Psychotherapists in 1996. It is embedded in child development and psychological theory.

The Solihull Approach Online courses available are for all parents and carers across Scotland and are FREE. In addition, the ‘Understanding your brain’ course is specifically written for teenagers to access directly. The courses are available in several languages and with an audio narration.

Solihull Approach Online Implementation Guide March 2021

 

Butterflies

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.


Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.

Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.

When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.

When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.

The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.

The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.

Violet
Ruby
Sonny
Blaze

Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.

The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.

Toddlers learn Colours


The children in the toddler room have been showing an awareness and interest in colours recently.

There has been a variety of experiences happening across the week in the toddler room that have helped the children recognise different colours.

The children chose their favourite colours and worked well together to make a lovely stained glass window for our room.

The children enjoyed playing with our 3D bead maze developing their knowledge of the different colours and enhancing their fine motor skills and control.

 

Making and creating music!

This week in the studio room the children have been super creative. They have shown an interest in our music area with all the different musical instruments there are. Some of the children asked if we would be able to create our very own! So that is exactly what we did, we decided on rainbow shakers. The children choose a variety of loose parts to put inside the bottles and then used their fine motor skills to get the string through the hole.

Fantastic work!

The children the next day were asking lots of questions on how to play the musical instruments. So we had a wee discussion and used the smart board to show examples of musical note sheets. They decided they’d like the make their own so we did!